My artwork is about the things I experience and feel in my life. At this time three things influence my artwork, the garden as a metaphor, the farm, my life at home.
The Garden as a Metaphor
Since my parents have been aging enough to need assistance, I experience the mental and emotional states many caregivers today share as they care for their elderly parents. The garden my parents planted is now maintained by my family and it has become an environment for me to work out my feelings through paint. The garden is a metaphor for life and its transitions. Flowers, plants, birds, seasons and insects all seem to have their own little messages to help heal. They are little blessings that speak a language of time, eternity and seasons of life.
I was introduced to a Hameau Farm in PA where I participated in an Art Retreat. It is there I find a pace of life, a way of living with the land and the animals that is a source of healing and balance to what otherwise is a busy life in the Northern Virginia landscape. Audrey Gay Rodgers is the owner of the farm and her way of life on the farm includes art, children, work and a way of being that draws many to her unique area. There I am able to go into the field with the gentle Ayrshire Cows who are glad to greet me and let me draw them. As I sit near the chicken house I find turkey and chickens alike come to coo their soft songs as they search the ground for seeds. There is always work to do on a farm, but nothing is ever happening faster than I can breath. Everything unfolds gently into a new day moment by sweet moment. My paintings of the farm are reminders of the importance of this life and the realization that a simple life is one rich rewards.
My Home Life
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” -Dorothy Gale, Wizard of Oz.
While living in the DC area I have been working too hard and there is not much in this area to encourage one to slow down and enjoy just being. To remind myself of that I go to the farm. To remind myself at home that my heart is in a place of peace, I turn to the simple events that unfold right here. My husband and I share a house and yard with several small garden areas. Our four cats are the best encouragement of how to take it easy. Their personalities and body language are often a source of humorous entertainment. Whether gardens in my own back yard, at the local park or community gardens, animals and insects, plants and people or interesting interior space, my home is where I make peace with the facts of life around me